Extragenital Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae testing
The Aptima Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit is now the preferred specimen
collection kit for extragenital (throat and rectal) Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria
gonorrhoeae testing. This is the pink-shafted swab in Multitest transport media (orange
This specimen type has been FDA cleared and validated by Northern Light Laboratory for
use with the Aptima Combo 2 Ct/NG Assay. Throat and rectal swabs collected in the
Multitest Collection Kit will now be tested by Northern Light Laboratory, not sent to
ARUP Laboratories for testing as has been done in the past. This should result in a faster
turn-around time. Extragenital specimens received in the Unisex Swab Collection Kit will
still be sent to ARUP Laboratories for testing.
Parameters for collection and testing of genital specimens have not changed.
If you have any questions, please contact Microbiology at 207-973-6980 or Dr. Sarah
Buss, Microbiology Director at 207-973-6971.